Champion Hurdle Tips

The feature Championship race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.

This two-mile hurdles race has been won by many of the greatest hurdles to grace our sport, with the likes of Night Nurse, Hurricane Fly and Buveur D'Air winning the race on two occasions.

Hatton's Grace was the first to claim a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle wins. A feat which has been repeated by legends like Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Day One Card

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2020 ResultPlace Bet / Watch Replay
13:30Supreme Novices' HurdleWinner: Shiskin 6/1
14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyWinner: Put The Kettle On 16/1
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseWinner: The Conditional 15/2
15:30Champion HurdleWinner: Epatante 2/1 Fav
16:10Mares' HurdleWinner: Honeysuckle 9/4
16:50Novices' Handicap ChaseWinner: Imperial Aura 4/1
17:30National Hunt ChaseWinner: Ravenhill 12/1

2021 Champion Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Epatante4/1William Hill
Envoi Allen10/1William Hill
Honeysuckle16/1William Hill
Shishkin16/1Paddy Power

2021 Champion Hurdle Tips

We've published our ante-post tips for the 2021 Champion Hurdle. Check out which horse we fancy could take all the beating here.

2020 Champion Hurdle Result

Champion Hurdle 2020 Runners & Best Odds

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Epatante5/2
2nd Place: Sharjah16/1
3rd Place: Darver Star12/1
4th Place: Cilaos Emery8/1
Pentland Hills10/1
Coeur Sublime16/1
Call Me Lord16/1
Silver Streak25/1
Non Runner No BetBest Odds Guaranteed
E/W Terms1/5 Odds - 4 PlacesSee all Runners

Champion Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£400,000

Champion Hurdle Winners

Many of the recent Champion Hurdle winners have been expected to win, including the likes of Buveur d’Air, Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly. 

Prior to those wins, there were plenty of upset winners with four consecutive winners from 2007-2010 paying 10.00 or more.

Champion Hurdle Winners
2019Espoir D'Allen
2018Buveur d’Air
2017Buveur d’Air
2016Annie Power
2013Hurricane Fly
2012Rock On Ruby
2011Hurricane Fly
2006Brave Inca
2005Hardy Eustace
2004Hardy Eustace
2003Rooster Booster
2002Hors La Loi III
2001no race

Champion Hurdle History

One of the oldest Cheltenham Festival races, the Champion Hurdle is stepped in history since its first running in 1927 when Blaris took the honours for trainer Bill Payne and jockey George Duller. 

Since that time there have been many champion winners and an incredible five horses to win three Champion Hurdle races. All five horses won the Champion Hurdle in consecutive years, making the feat even more incredible and the most recent champion was Istabraq in 2000. 

Istabraq was the odds-on favourite to win his fourth unprecedented Champion Hurdle but the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001 caused history to halter. Unfortunately, he raced in 2002 but was pulled up after the second hurdle when jockey Charlie Swan felt his action go. 

Istabraq’s subsequent retirement left the door open for another champion and although there hasn’t been another like him since, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly and Buveur d’Air have all won the Champion Hurdle twice. 

Nicky Henderson has scored seven wins as a trainer and those wins came with four horses. He trained See You Then to score three consecutive Champion Hurdle’s from 1985-1987 and current champion Buveur d’Air. 

Jockeys Tim Molony and Ruby Walsh share the top honours with four wins a piece. Ruby Walsh’s most recent win came with Annie Power, which was subsequently only the fourth mare to win the Champion Hurdle. That win also gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in a six-year span. 

The biggest margin of victory in recent times belongs to Rooster Booster when scoring by 11 lengths in 2003. The nine-year-old spaced his rivals, which included Westender in second and race favourite Rhinestone Cowboy in third.

Owner JP McManus won the Champion Hurdle twice in a row with Buveur D'Air, and again with the ill-fated Espoir D'Allen.

In 2020, Nicky Henderson's Epatante justified her tag of favouritism with a superb performance, ensuring McManus retain the famous trophy for a fourth year on the bounce.

Champion Hurdle FAQs

Who won the 2020 Champion Hurdle?

Epatante was a comfortable winner of the Champion Hurdle, run on the 69th birthday of her owner, JP McManus, who has now had four consecutive winners of the feature race on the Cheltenham Festival’s opening day. Well supported from the night before and sent off 2-1 favourite, Epatante became an eighth winner of the Champion Hurdle for her trainer, Nicky Henderson.

When is the Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle 2021?

The 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 16th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race is the championship contest for 2m hurdlers and has been won by some of the greatest hurdlers of all time.

What are the latest Champion Hurdle 2021 odds?

Defending Champion, Epatante leads the ante-post betting, with Abacadabras and Goshen sitting just behind.

What time is the 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle?

The Champion Hurdle is due off at 15:30 GMT on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the fourth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who was the 2019 Champion Hurdle winner?

16/1 Espoir D'allen won the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in 2019. 7/4f Apple's Jade could only finish 6th.